I took Owen to the Betty Brinn Museum downtown this weekend for the first time and he had a blast! It helped that I had one of my Milwaukee Perk coupons to use(man, I love those things)...if you wanna sign up to see our daily deal(called The Milwaukee Perk), click here!
I went and got a pedicure last week with my mom who was visiting and I decided to go a little different. I picked yellow for a color(which I had never done) and when my pedicure was over they asked if I wanted a flower on my toes. I decided to go for it and here it is! Problem is, that I don't know what I was thinking....I should have gotten a BLUE flower so I would have Brewers colors. Now it just looks like I have a Summerfest flag on my feet! OH well, at least it's timely!
I made these over the weekend after finding the recipe on Pinterest and all I can say is...YES PLEASE! I loved them and will be making them more often. (FYI: I followed the part of the directions that said to take them out when the edges were brown even though the middle didn't look done...it worked great!)
Cake Mix Cookie Bars
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:20-30 minutes
Total Time:35 minutes
1 Box yellow cake mix (I used Betty Crocker)
1 Small box instant vanilla pudding
1/4 Cup water
3/4 Cup vegetable oil
1 Cup chocolate chips. I used 1/2 cup holiday mini M&M's and 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Combine cake mix, pudding, water, vegetable oil, eggs and chips or M&M's in large bowl.
Pour the batter (it's going to be thick) into a greased 10x13 baking dish. I sprayed my dish with nonstick cooking spray which worked well.
Bake your bars for 20-30 minutes (I took mine out at 25.)
It may look sort of raw in the middle but if the edges are just golden and starting to get crispy, it's probably perfect.
I was busy, busy, busy this weekend! Having fun? No. Getting organized? Yes. Went through all of Owen's baby clothes to get them ready for baby #2---which is due September 22nd. Some call it nesting....I call it having nothing better to do!
Looking for something to do tomorrow night(Thursday)?? Well, I'm hosting this great event at SPIN Milwaukee so come out and help raise money for the kiddos! Perfect for a night out or a happy hour after work! See ya there!
We found out the sex yesterday of our baby and it's a boy! I will now have 2 boys under the age of 2! Yikes! The little one is due September 22nd. Owen will turn 2 on October 25. Should be interesting! Oh...and yes, we are keeping the name a secret. You will have to wait!
It was finally warm enough to get out on our first boat ride of the season this weekend and it did not disappoint! So ready for summer to be here, but I will def take the new spring weather we are getting for the time being!
You may have heard me talking about the swing set we bought at Menards a few weeks ago and how my husband completely messed it up while putting it together. He forgot an entire piece across the top. So my father-in-law came over and helped him get it up correctly. As you can see...the before and after...haha!
Look who turned 4 last week! My little baby, Bella! The sad part is, we completely forgot her birthday until about 11 in the morning....guess things change when you have a kid....kinda made me think of Molly Ringwald in Sixteen Candles...if only Bella could talk!
Well, I'm back from my Florida vacation with my family and we had a pretty good time...except for the few problems getting out of the Milwaukee airport! But once we got there we enjoyed the sun and fun! Here's a few pics from our little vaca.....enjoy!
Surprise! I'm pregnant! It has been so hard keeping it a secret, but I'm happy that I can finally announce it! I'm due September 22 and very excited that Owen will get to be a big brother. Get ready for all my "pregnancy" posts! ha!
I don't know where the time goes, but Owen is officially 16-months-old as of yesterday! He is sassier than ever and also cuter than ever. I only have to tell him "NO" about ten times a day! Not too bad! ha!
So I stumbled up on the reality show, "The Houstons", the other day on the Lifetime network and I have to admit...it is a total train wreck and I can't stop watching. I watched all the episodes in two days. It features Whitney's daughter, Bobbi Kristina(who is clearly high for many of the episodes and can barely keep her eyes open) and Whitney's brother and wife(who was her manager when she was alive). If you ever get a chance, check it out. Its truly fascinating and sad all at once!
Well, I thought I was going to have quite a problem getting Owen to let go of the bottle, but it only took one day! We went to the store, picked out a new cup for him and he immediately started drinking out of it when we got home. Who knew it would be so easy?? Plus it's nice to be done washing bottles for awhile!
Well, I have officially done it. I have taken away Owen's bottles. He is 15 months now, and the dr told me to do it when he was a year old, but I let him have it a little longer. Either way, he is NONE to pleased with it. I think he threw his sippy cup at me 10 times yesterday when I offered it to him with milk in it. Funny thing is, he loves his sippy cup with water in it. But the second I put milk in there, he knew what was up and was NOT having it. Isn't it amazing how smart they are?? I guess the standoff will continue....
So I totally forgot to share my awesome gift from my husband that I got in November for our wedding anniversary. But then it hit me...you can still use the gift idea for Valentine's Day! Or Mother's Day or birthdays or....you get the point. So, it was pretty original and made my heart melt. It was a necklace and as you can see it has two fingerprints on it.....my husbands and my sons. I thought it was so adorable. Apparently, they can also do pets and the hubby didn't know this or he would have gotten our little Bella done too. If you wanna use this gift idea, here's the Facebook of the woman that does them. Pretty cool!
Check out my gear! I bought this from sister-in-law over the summer for $5. She was about to sell it at a garage sell and I think it may be my best purchase this year! Get the chips and dip out...I'm ready for the Packer game tomorrow night! Go pack go! Oh....and If you wanna buy one of these for yourself, click here!
So I went to visit my sister in California for the New Year and when I got to the airport in Cali, I noticed a guy that looked very familiar to me. Turns out, he looked so familar because he was Ben, from The Bachelor. Remember the one who picked that awful Courtney? Well, he was clearly trying to hide and not be noticed...too late buddy!
So proud of my husband, Joe, who graduated last weekend with his Masters Degree in Sports Management. My only thought as we sat through the LONG ceremony was...why do we still let all these people speak for 20 minutes each at graduation ceremonies?? I was looking around and no one was listening. So I say do away with all the speakers at those things! Would make the ceremony a lot quicker!
Well, I finally got to the movies and saw Breaking Dawn! It was great!! I about had a heart attack at the end...if you have seen it you know why...but I thought it was a great ending to a great series!
Well, I'm back after another stint in the hospital. The same thing happened to me 5 years ago and this time around the doctor's still couldn't seem to find the problem. Here's the short version of my drama: I lost a bunch of blood...they gave me blood....they did a lot of tests...they found nothing. So there ya go....anyway...thanks for all your support on Facebook and Twitter while I was out! And I did get some very nice flowers from work sent to me....check em out.
So my 5-year-old niece is in Kindergarten this year and they were having a fundraiser at her school, so being the awesome Aunt I am, I bought a bunch of stuff, including this Badger wood cutting board! Love it!
Reese Witherspoon recently gave birth to a baby boy, named Tenessee James, with her new husband Jim Toth. And since I am a new mom, I am more than interested in checking out other peoples kids. Well, it was only a matter of time until the paparrazi snapped a pic of the little cutie. And yes, he is a cutie! Check out the picture here!
It's official! We have a cast for Teen Mom 3! It consists of Mackenzie Douthit, Katie Yeager, Alexandria Sekella and Briana Dejesus, who all starred in their own episode of 16 & Pregnant. There is no word yet on the official air date, but In Touch confirmed who the cast was along with other various websites. The girls have also been throwing out hints on Twitter that make it pretty obvious they are the future cast. I know how hard it is to remember all these chicks so if you want to see a pic of the new girls and a brief summary of their episode, click here!
Owen was supposed to be a lion for Halloween this year, but then my mom informed me she couldn't find the costume(which she had made for my nephew a few years ago). So, I went to the store and this was the last costume they had! So here's my little bear!
Well, Owen turned one yesterday! He had a fun day going out to breakfast with grandpa, then spending the rest of the day with mommy. At night he went out to dinner with mommy and daddy and I guess it was all too much for him because he passed out in the car ride home so we just let him sleep in his clothes. There he is below...clearly exhausted from his 1st birthday!
So we had Owen's 1st birthday party this weekend and I found these adorable pumpkin rice krispie treats on Pinterest! So I made them and they actually came out okay. It didn't go so well at first(as you can see in the picture) but once we figured out the food coloring we were good to go! To get the recipe, click here!
It turns out that Rahny and I were both on the Gym Class Heroes Behind the Music on VH1 Sunday night interviewing Katy Perry about her relationship with Travie McCoy, the lead singer! Who knew! We had no idea but it was still pretty cool. Fell free to DVR it and see our 3 seconds of fame!
Well, I thought I did a pretty awesome job carving my pumpkins with my neice and nephew last weekend, but it appears I may have done them too early because I don't think they are gonna make it to Halloween!! BOOOO!
So I was lucky enough to get a taste of the Snickers peanut butter bar yesterday and I gotta say...it was yummy! But why mess with a good thing? Snickers doesn't need to change anything! They are so good already! Just sayin....
Thank you to all the members of the KISS team who came out for Race 4 the Cure on Sunday! It was a blast and I'm so proud of all of you for giving up your EARLY Sunday morning to help raise money for breast cancer. So, THANK YOU!!!!
You asked for it, so you are getting it! Here is the awesome Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe I use. It is so freakin good!!
2 (10 ounce) cans chunk chicken, drained
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup Ranch dressing
3/4 cup pepper sauce (such as Frank's Red Hot®)
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 bunch celery, cleaned and cut into 4 inch pieces
1 (8 ounce) box chicken-flavored crackers
Heat chicken and hot sauce in a skillet over medium heat, until heated through. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm. Mix in half of the shredded cheese, and transfer the mixture to a slow cooker. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top, cover, and cook on Low setting until hot and bubbly. Serve with celery sticks and crackers.
As you probably already know, I am a HUGE Real Housewives fan. I watch them all...New York(which is way better this season), New Jersey(Theresa sucks), Atlanta(more Kim please), Beverly Hills(Brandi Glanville was the best thing that ever happened to them) and even the O.C. and Miami. Well, they have announced the new cast for Atlanta and Beverly Hills and some people DID NOT make the cut! I gotta admit...I'm a little mad about who got the ax in Atlanta! To see who made the cut, click here!
I gotta tell ya...after buying a new house in Brookfield I am totally lost on how to decorate the darn thing. THANK GOD I found Warren Barnett Interiors in Brookfield! They are designing my whole living room for me and it is gonna be SICK when they are done...here are some of the fabrics for the couch, pillows, ottomans, etc....I can't wait for the furniture to get here!
Well, the ratings are in and it looks like the winner is.....The Voice! They beat out X-Factor on it's debut night, even with miss Britney y'all. Preliminary numbers show that The Voice scored a total of 10.7 million viewers to The X Factor's 7.5 million. Simon Cowell was NOT happy when The Voice decided to add another show on their debut this week. He told Ellen DeGeneres, "We had the schedule set for months. They were going to go Monday, Tuesday. We were going to go Wednesday, Thursday. And, then they waited to the last second to announce that they were going to book a third show up against our premiere because they wanted to spoil our premiere." The Voice's Blake Shelton rebutted, "Every time I turn around, he's mouthing off about our show. It's like, 'Do your own show! Come on! Put something together there and do your thing.' We'll just do ours and we won't mouth off about you!"
Well, Teen Mom has come to an end(the first season anyway) and I gotta admit that I'm sad! I love that show, but I understand why you can't keep filming Teen Mom with girls in their 20's. Now that it's over I really wanna see a spinoff for Maci and possibly Amber...even though she's locked up so that would be impossible. Farrah bores me and Catelyn and Tyler are great, but I don't know if they have enough for their own show. Well, with all that being said, guess who got a spinoff?? Freakin Farrah! Ugh..there are rumors that Maci is already filiming her spinoff so I just gotta keep my fingers crossed for that one! For all the details on Farrah's spinoff, click here!
Do you recognize the stairs in the photo below?? Well, they are from a VERY famous movie. Anything yet?? Okay, Okay, so my parents just got back from Lake Lure, NC and it turns out that Dirty Dancing was filmed there! So they took a little local tour and my mom sent me some pics. Ahhhh....thank god nobody puts baby in a corner!!
So yesterday Rahny and I were down by the lakefront handing out popsicles so people could beat the heat and guess who we ran into?? Yovani Gallardo from the Brewers! He was working out down by the beach so being the loud mouth I am, I screamed out the window, "Hey dude...want a popsicle??" Of course he took one and I think we may be BFF's now. Okay, maybe not. But its fun to fantasize.....
One of my best friends who lives in Chicago bought Owen a Cubs outfit and I about died! How is my little guy supposed to wear this in Milwaukee without getting killed?? LOL! On another note...GO BREWERS!!
Oh yes, it has happened again. Another Teen Mom is in jail. Again. This time it is Jenelle Evans who was arrested for drug possession after the cops were called because she and her fiance, Gary Head(I have no idea who this guy is) got into an argument. He was arrested for domestic violence after he allegedly hit her and she was arrested after they found the drugs. She can really pick em, can't she??
Summerfest is less than two weeks away and I can't believe what is going to be on the menu this year....a $25 hot dog! Martino's will be serving the 1 pound beauty at their booth. If you dare to try it....good luck!
Looks like Roberto might be coming back to The Bachelor...to BE The Bachelor! He won the reality show a few seasons ago when he proposed to Ali Fedotowsky, but the couple broke up recently. Turns out that Roberto is in the running along with a few other people. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't mind seeing him for another season! Yum!
This one is for all my reality show fans.....if you watched the last season of Bachelor Pad you saw Blake and Holly fall in love...even though she went on the show with her super sweet ex-fiance who was still in love her with her. The whole thing was awesome/awkward to watch all at once, but in the end Holly and Blake tied the knot over the weekend. Guess her adorable ex-fiance Michael is just left looking stupid and alone. :(
Hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend! Owen was sick most of the weekend, but started to feel better on Monday and that's when I got this adorable picture of him! Oh..and he is 7 months old now!! I know I say this every month, but where does the time go???!
Congrats to Sex and The City star Cynthia Nixon who married her longtime girlfriend Christine Marinoni in New York on Sunday! The two have been together since 2004 and Christine gave birth to the couple's son in 2011. Of course, Cynthia has two children from a previous relationship with a photographer...yes, a man. That was before she came out of the closet. Anyway, congrats to the happy couple! And is it just me, or do these two kinda look alike?
Well, it's official...my little cutie needs to get a helmet to fix the torticollis(a.k.a. the flattening of his head from laying on it too much). I really didn't think he was gonna need it, but the doctor said it is pretty severe so we will go in a couple weeks to get him fitted for one. Should only have to wear it for a few months so that is good news! And on the bright side, I KNOW there could be WAY worse things happening to him so I'm okay with it.
Ladies! I bet you wanna get yourself a pair of these before Brewer season starts in a month! I found them on Pinterest but luckily a nice listener directed me to the website where you can purchase them for $99.99. If you wanna go get a pair, check out the website here!
Sorry folks...I've been meaning to post this for awhile for you. It's the app I was talking about on the morning show last week. It's called Viggle and it is awesome! You get gift cards just for watching TV! If you have a smartphone, go download it because it should pay off!
I am officially a brunette! I went to get my hair cut yesterday and decided I needed a change. I have been blonde for over ten years and decided I wanted to let that go for now. You never know though...I may always go back to my ex...she was good to me for those ten years! By the way, I don't even know my natural color anymore, but I'm thinking its a dirty blonde with a little red mixed in. For some reason my hair has gotten more red as I have gotten older.
We got the chance to go visit my parents in Florida over the holidays and that meant taking Owen to the beach for the first time! He couldn't do much, but it's fun to make these memories with our little one! And as you can see, he was completely fascinated by the whole experience.
It was a sad day over the weekend....Owen is so depressed he told me to leave him alone and that he wanted to sleep off the Packers loss. Oh well....on the bright side at least we won the Super Bowl last year!!
Well, it's official...I'm a mom! So happy to introduce you to Owen Charles, who was born on October 25th and weighed in at 7lbs, 15 oz! He was also 20 1/2 inches long. I love hanging out with my little peanut. He is such a joy! Here is a pic from the day he was born!
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine the biscuit mix and cheese in a small bowl. Add the water and stir just until combined. The dough will be slightly moist. Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes, until the biscuits are firm and beginning to brown.
While the biscuits are baking, make the garlic butter. In a small bowl, combine the butter, garlic powder, salt, and parsley flakes. Mix well. As soon as you bring the biscuits from the oven, brush them with the garlic butter using a pastry brush
So I have been watching The Real World Las Vegas(AWESOME season by the way) and I couldn't figure out who Nany reminded me of.Â And then it hit me!Â Freida Pinto from Slumdog Millionare.Â Nany is on the right and Freida is on the right in the picture of the three girls.
They really could be twins!
Forget that Nany is dumb as rocks....she is definitely beautiful!
Well, I am a HUGE fan of The Real Housewives.Â Â And that means all of them....O.C., Atlanta, New Jersey, New York....I even gave D.C. and Miami a chance even though they sucked!
Anyway, you may have seen Jill Zarin from New York lately.Â I just don't get it.Â The top pic is her before and the bottom one is her now.Â Does she really think she looks better??
She says she has a liquid face lift every six months.Â I don't care about that.Â I just need someone to fire her hair person for giving her the Madonna 'Vogue Era' bun on her head with the weave!Â It's just wrong!
Okay, so the plot has thickened with Aaron Rodgers girlfriend.Â Turns out that not only is her name Destiny Newton, but she is the sister of Shawntel from the Bachelor!
You can totally tell by looking at them but their mom has been speaking out about her daughter's relationship with Aaron.Â Here's what she said:
"They are boyfriend and girlfriend.Â They have been best friends for nine years. They met at church camp."
According to RadarOnline, Destiny is currently living at home and working toward a B.A. in Communications at California State University in Chico. Despite the rumors linking Aaron to Jessica Szohr from Gossip Girl, Mom said, âAaron and Destiny have a strong relationship.â
Okay then!Â But I can guarantee you that Rahny saw Aaron and Jessica sitting courtside at a Bucks game and claimed they were definitely a couple!
Trouble has come knocking again at the doors of Theresa and Joe Giudice.
He was arrested on Friday after he was pulled over.Â Turns out his license is currently suspended and he fraudulently obtained a new one in June using his brother's identity.
The charges, if successfully prosecuted, could result in up to 10 years in prison on the misappropriation-of-ID charge. A forgery conviction can carry an 18-months' sentence.
Giudice's license was initially suspended as a result of a Jan. 14, 2010, DUI incident that ended with him crashing into a telephone pole. Caught driving in violation of that suspension, he served a brief jail sentence last Sept. 21.
Yet between these two dates, Passaic County law officials allege, Giudice took the time to visit the Motor Vehicle Office in Paterson, N.J., and, using his brother's information, obtain a false license. The guy just can't stay out of trouble!
TMZ just broke a story about Chris Brown going crazy this morning and losing it on the set of Good Morning America.
Apparently, Robin Roberts was interviewing him and asking questions about Rihanna when he became upset.Â As soon as the interview was over he stormed into his dressing room screaming and yelling before breaking a window.
He ripped his shirt off and stormed out before security could get to him.
Charlie Sheen has been spotted out and about a lot lately and this picture really grossed me out.Â Look how bad he looks!Â His skin is a mess and he just looks OLD.
Obviously this is what drugs does to you.Â Just say no kids.
So I was sitting at the airport last night waiting patiently in the cell phone waiting lot and I was trying to kill time so I was playing around on my phone when I ran upon a story on onmilwaukee.com about Oprah being in the Third Ward this weekend!
It was really cool because apparently she stopped into Swig around 4 p.m. to have a bite to eat with her half-sister and several other people.
They stayed until about 6 p.m. when Oprah jumped into the Escalade(see left) waiting for her outside.
I'm not gonna lie.Â I have a little crush on Mike from American Pickers.Â In case you have never seen the show, it's on History Channel and I can't get enough of it.
Now, the question is....do I have a thing for older men OR am I just getting old? ha!
Snooki has been dating her new dude for awhile now, but never posted pics of him until recently.
Well, she posted this picture on her twitter ofÂ her dad and her new man Jionni at an amusement park.
I thought he would be some gross meat-head like that Emilio guy she dated last, but this one is pretty cute!Â And it turns out he is a teacher so he has no interest in being in the limelight with her because of his job.
So it turns out thatRozlyn Papa -- The Bachelor contestant kicked off the Jake Pavelka season for allegedly getting intimate with a producer -- reportedly asked to return for the new season with Brad Womack.
Are you kidding me??Â This chick wants to come back again?
A source told Usmagazine.com, "Rozlyn wasn't that interested in Jake, but she's very interested in Brad. She really wanted to come back on the show." Despite her wishes, Rozlyn was shot down. The source explained, "She's interested in Brad, but she's not looking for a husband. He's really looking for a wife. They only want people genuinely interested in finding love."
I think the peeps at The Bachelor knows NOBODY wants to see her on the next season!
So our neighbor had a little problem with their dog and we stepped in to help out.Â As a thank-you gift to us they got us a City Tin.Â I had never heard of it and once I saw it, I realized it is one of the coolest gifts ever!
It is a little tin of coasters.Â The coaster on top has a wheel to spin and you can land on one of many different restaurants.Â The good news is that there is a gift certificate to every restaurant on the wheel in the tin!Â Check it out here!
Went to the fair last night and finally had a turkey leg.Â So good!!Â I couldn't believe how tender the meat was.Â BUT, it was HUGE!
Also managed to try the cheese on a stick, spaghetti and meatballs on a stick, fried pickles, deep fried smore on a stick and cheesecake on a stick.Â Yes, I ate all of that.Â I also ate some corn for my own personal enjoyment.
So what if I'm broke now and about to have a heart attack???